Well done to our CPJ racers this weekend Kat and Ade Orr took on the Kempton 5k Reunion Race which was featured on ITV news on Saturday. Runners took part in a reunion 5K at Surrey's Kempton Park on Saturday - the only running event in the government's Events Research Programme.
That programme is piloting a series of events to see how mass gatherings might work in the future.
The Reunion 5K will help provide scientific data on Covid-19 transmission levels, with both socially-distanced and non-socially-distanced runs being trialled.
Approximately 1,000 socially-distanced runners took part in the first race, watched by socially-distanced spectators - but in the second race there was no social distancing among the 1,000 runners, nor were the spectators asked to stand apart.
All those in attendance had to provide evidence of a negative lateral flow test and were asked to take a PCR test both on Saturday and five days later.
Organiser Hugh Brasher, who took part in the non-socially-distanced 5K, said he was surprised at "how normal it felt". "I thought it would feel different and it didn't - and it was lovely to be able to do it and get inspired to run faster than I've run in quite a number of years."Sports Minister Nigel Huddlestone was it was "fantastic" to see so many people involved, adding that the data would be "essential" for the return of events such as the London Marathon.
Joanne Barton took part in the third Colchester Stampede starting inside the zoo Jo said, “My official chip time was 1:10:56 so Pb for me - kevs training has most defo paid off! Once out on the closed road route, there were plenty of tambourine weilding marshalls with a water stop at 5k. Scenery was lovely although the weather frightful with rain & hailstones - didn't stop the locals coming out cheering 2000 runners on. It's then back into the zoo via a hill! For the final 1k! Most importantly ..... my first ever event t shirt!”
Over in reading Natasha Webb took part in the Goring half a beautiful route which was rain free and she clocked 2:06 which was a pb for her so congratulations!